By Brittany Rudyck
EDMONTON – Perfectionism is an element of most creative minds, but even the most particular of musicians can find peace with their creations. Thrash metal four piece The Order of Chaos are releasing their new EP ‘Night Terror’ and it’s the first time John Simon Fallon, founder and guitarist, has been truly pleased with the final product.
The band has been an important part of the metal scene in the greater Edmonton area for somewhere between 12 and 14 years. Like most bands, they’ve had their fair share of line-up changes and challenges, but the passion to make music outweighs all else. Fallon spoke of the band’s humble beginnings in the all-ages punk and metal scene of Stony Plain, chronicling their transformation all the way to playing a headlining slot at Midi Festival in China.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded with great people the whole ride,” says Fallon. “The labels in Europe that helped us out, the local promoters who gave us a chance to play some bigger shows and learn the ropes. It’s testament to the Alberta music community.”
Over a decade deep into the band’s career, they’ve released three full-length albums and two EPs once ‘Night Terror’ is out this month. While some may say their sound is indefinable, one thing is for sure: they can shred. Their instrumentals feature wild chord progressions and dexterous speed picking, while vocalist Amanda Kiernan eases in and out of melodic purrs, harsh growls and soaring howls.
“We don’t have the elaborate music education as a lot of the bands in Finland,” explains Fallon. “Kids over there are trained at a conservatory level by the age of six, playing incredible arrangements. For us, we all developed our own style by not having a frame of reference to what was happening outside our community at the time. We’re pretty isolated here. So we just practiced and created something we thought was special. When we did get into the international scene, we realized how important that isolation was to our sound.”
Despite being okay with having an unconventional sound in the metal world (2011’s ‘Burn These Dreams’ includes a self described bluesy rock track, “Guns ’n’ Order“), Fallon insists the band will always write what appeals to them over writing to appease the marketing overlords. Although with Night Terror, they may have found a happy medium.
“I’m generally not happy with anything we put out. I’m the worst critic of course,” Fallon admits. “I think that’s why music has always appealed to me; you can never perfect it. But with this EP, there was a sense of accomplishment. We finally developed into the sound we wanted and we didn’t have to force it.”
Fallon’s understanding and acceptance of the creative journey being rife with imperfection and sometimes difficult growth lends itself to a career worth witnessing.
“I don’t know if anything is going to sound like ‘Night Terror’ going forward. But I’m happy with it. We learned a lot while making this EP; we became more conscious of who we are as a band and I think that’s why I feel so proud of it.”
Join The Order of Chaos at the Mercury Room on Friday, Feb. 23 (Edmonton) for their EP release featuring Dahlmers Realm, Wolfrik and Sins of Sorrow. They’re also headlining Femme Fatale at Distortion on Saturday, Feb. 24 (Calgary) with Caveat, Tessitura, Traer and more!Caveat, Dahlmers Realm, Distortion, Femme Fatale, Mercury Room, Metal, Sins of Sorrow, Tessitura, The Order of Chaos, Traer, Wolfrik